A Level Photography OneNote Review

We have come to the end of the winter term and I wanted to review how we have used OneNote over the past few months to re-structure and modernise the photography A Level course.

Photo OneNote 9

Students were already using Microsoft Word to digitally create their photographic portfolios but saving the work to the schools local shared area.  We have now moved everyone over to the Microsoft 365 Cloud and at the same time we wanted to take advantage of what OneNote can offer the students and staff.

Previously we used printed paper handbooks for the photography students but now OneNote has enabled us to create richer, dynamic and interactive resources for the students.  The difference OneNote has made is really significant for both students and staff.  We have more time back in lessons to engage students in discussions about their progress , as the course content is centralised in a digital hub.

OneNote and the Cloud has opened up learning for the students and they can access their coursework and feedback 24/7 on any device so they can learn and progress at their own pace and dip in and out of their portfolio outside of lessons.  It is a much more fluid and contemporary way of working.

We are only one term into developing this and it is as new to staff as it is the students.

So far we have been able to –

  • Link from OneNote to our Flickr Creative Arts website.
  • Structure the course into clear sections and pages so requirements, assessment criteria and course content is all presented in a digital hub.
  • Use the Collaboration Space to develop a photography link to a school in Seattle USA.
  • List a wide range of photographers for students to explore and also website links to galleries and visual arts resources.
  • Develop visual literacy and literacy with students through discourse markers and attach files to show previous student work as a guide.
  • Print to OneNote from Word and PDFs so we can visually present examples of how to develop a contact sheet and how to layout a photographic portfolio for example.
  • Link content to YouTube clips.
  • Use the link function so we can link highlighted text/words to specific sections/resources within the OneNote Notebook.  Adding more layers of interactivity for the students.
  • Create student individual notebooks containing formative and summative feedback.  We can attach files and print outs to differentiate our feedback and support.
  • Use the ‘To Do’ Tag so students can tick off tasks and keep track of their progress.

The possibilities are very exciting…


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  1. Your pages look awesome…such visual appeal and so fresh. I’m jealous…wish mine looked like that:)

    I’d love to learn how, exactly, you use the to do tags. Do you put them on each assignment, or do the kids?

    Thanks for sharing your journey’


    1. Thanks for the feedback Danielle! That’s really nice of you, I’m trying to make it as visual as possible being an art teacher!

      At the minute I am adding the To Do tags then writing the feedback next to the tag in the students personal notebook area. I then discuss this with the student with the OneNote open in front of them and ask them to tick it once they have completed/acted upon the feedback.

      If they don’t tick it I can see when I log on to their notebook and chase it up. I am using it with A Level students as a form of summative feedback, the formative feedback we do using Word comments and students can reply to the feedback next to the comment in Word.

      I hope this is of some help! Thanks Lee


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